Plot of land for hotel construction, close to the sea and beach, Albufeira, Albufeira Marina Plot of land for the construction of a hotel with 250 rooms, spread over 8 floors above the threshold level and 3 below the threshold level. Located on the Passeio dos Oceanos or Cais das Naus, on the first line of the Albufeira marina. The plot of land is part of Orada's Detailed Plan, with all the maximum levels of land occupation and construction already defined and approved. The architectural study presented allows us to give an idea of the land use and volumetry of this hotel, based on the indices already stipulated. The proximity to the historic center of the city, with the different beaches in the western part of the city, as well as a set of shops and services and all the similar hotels (restaurants, bars, etc.), are extremely important factors in demand. by all the tourists who visit us. The development of Marina de Albufeira is today one of the reference developments in the Algarve, for which the collective public facilities such as the waterfall, central square, games park, diversity of parking and on the other hand ease of access, solar layout of the entire development, maritime tourism activities, diversity of public transport to the area, proximity to a wide range of entertainment and sports that also greatly contribute to the appreciation of Orada. The Orada area is predominantly tourist, and all development plans have been studied with this objective in mind.
Plot of land for the construction of a tourist accommodation unit with 150 housing units, distributed over 58 T1,66 T2 and 26 T3 villas, spacious communal areas, quiet location and near the beach of Falésia and Balaia and also Golfes do Sheraron Pine Cliffs, Balaia and Vilamoura, excellent real estate investment. Green and spacious areas. Located in the countryside at a step from the sea the quality of life you want. The details of the construction give it an expression of comfort and modernity, with a view to the future
Plot of land with 6,494sqm, for the construction of a hotel for 160 en-suite rooms, in a total construction area of 9,580sqm spread over 6 floors above the threshold level. The location of this plot of land in the second phase of the Albufeira Marina development, in front of the boat's entry channel, allows for a fantastic view over the Marina itself. This entire second phase focuses on an elevation of about 6 m above the height of the marina. The proximity and ease of access to all beaches in the western area of Albufeira, namely Arrifes or Sardinha beach, São Rafael beach, Galé beach, proximity to the Salgados golf course and all others in Vilamoura are excellent. valuing attributes of this location. The architectural lines presented are merely illustrative, but the study to be developed will certainly be of quality and framework in the area. The equipment for collective use, namely the central square, romantic garden, waterfall and surrounding services are also support units for all tourists who will come to enjoy this excellent unit. Albufeira is one of the areas with the highest tourist occupancy rates in the country, as a result of all the existing infrastructure in the Municipality, such as excellent private health units, large commercial areas, green areas, entertainment areas. The low rates of construction and inhabitants per hectare are also other predicates of the quality of the entire Albufeira marina development.
Plot of land for the construction of a building for trade and or services, located in the first line of the Marina of Albufeira, excellent for: Shopping center, entertainment and leisure center, cinema, bowling. The privileged location of this plot of land also allows you to connect to the Marina's public car park where it allows you to park 1100 cars. The access to the city center that is nearby, the renewal of the access connections from the Marina to the city center, will allow a greater movement of people. This equipment will be one of the central buildings in the Albufeira Marina development, due to its specificity, location, contemporary architectural beauty. It will also be a complement to other buildings destined to commerce and services such as. Fuel supply station, games park, romantic garden, waterfall, Marina, hotel units, shops, restaurants and bars. National and international tourist flows are a constant at the Marina de Albufeira, due to the activities that take place at the Marina de Albufeira throughout the year. Investing in the Albufeira Marina and being able to benefit from a set of factors that make it possible to make investments profitable. The economic growth of the entire enterprise will also be the result of diversified and profitable investments.
Plot of land for construction of apartments inserted in the Detail Plan of Orada, Albufeira marina. This plot of land has an area of 7899sqm, for 8529sqm of construction spread over 6 floors above the threshold level and 2 more floors in the basement. The construction area under the plan is intended for the construction of 110 dwellings (apartments) of T1 typology, or converted into other typologies, respecting the maximum density of 330 inhabitants. The location of this plot of land in the east area of the Marina de Albufeira resort, next to the future hotel is of high quality and will allow everyone who enjoys these dwellings easy access to the marina promenade and its vessels. The quality of construction with state-of-the-art materials will be synonymous with unparalleled quality, namely in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation and equipment. In the case of tourist apartments, the possibility of exploration will be an added value in the investment in this building. The building will also benefit from excellent access, proximity to the best beaches in the Algarve, proximity to the city center, in addition to public transport, taxis, diversified commerce, food and beverage, entertainment, Salgados Golf Course. The municipality of Albufeira is a tourist center of excellence and will also be the key to the return on investment, where a set of public and private facilities are available to all who visit us, providing a high quality of life.
Plot of land for the construction of a hotel unit in a 4 star tourist village, destined to wellness centre, with 137 accommodation units distributed in: 28 T0,7 T1 and 102 T1/T2, excellent common areas, quiet area, located about 10 minutes from Vilamoura Golf Course and Sheraton Pine Cliffs, development with vast green areas, low land use index, safe area with fantastic areas for walking, benefits from support equipment such as restaurants, sports.
Portugal, Algarve, Faro, plot for construction, in the center of the Marina de Albufeira development, close to the beaches of S. Rafael, Praia do Castelo and Galé. Plot for construction of an apartment block 85 tourist apartments, located in the center of the Marina de Albufeira development. Building consisting of 5 floors plus basement with swimming pool and private parking This plot of land is located in the center of Albufeira marina, on the plateau where the apartments will have views of the sea and boats. The facilities in the area, including the Romantic Garden, central square, water cascade and the games park at a distance to the sea and beaches, close to the entire Marina area and all its shops and services, as well as entertainment, are highlights of this entire area. The proximity to the city center of Albufeira, the ease of use of public transport, the excellent existing infrastructure are other aspects of the value of this entire area. The city is served by very good roads, public and private health units, commercial areas of reference where several brands such as Leroy-Merlin, Algarve Shopping, Conforama, as well as all major food distribution brands such as Continente, Pingo Doce, Lidl, Aldi, Intermárché, complement all the commercial offer that a large cosmopolitan center needs. Another important aspect of the location of this lot is the sun exposure throughout the day, quiet, low housing density, urbanization with low-rise buildings, green areas, proximity to all the restoration of the marina. Albufeira, the center of tourism in Portugal, is sought after by people from all over Europe to live here or spend their holidays. Large communities of residents from various countries such as British, French, German, Dutch, from all Scandinavian countries live, work and integrate into society here.
Portugal, Algarve, Faro, Albufeira, plot of land for construction of a multiple building, apartments and commerce, Albufeira Marina, facing the sea. Plot of land for construction of a multiple building, apartments and commerce, located at the entrance of the Marina, privileged location. The construction area of 4200sqm, is for housing and commerce. Construction of 8 floors above ground and 2 below for car parking.
Land with fantastic sea views, with PIP (Request for Prior Information) approved for the construction of 29 villas (26 T3,2 T4 and 1 T2), each with a private pool. Excellent real estate investment and guaranteed return. PIP is a preliminary approval process for construction projects, which is granted prior to final construction approval. This means that while there is preliminary approval for the project, there may still be additional requirements to be met before construction can actually begin. Located on Cerro de Aguia, an elevated area overlooking the sea, located west of the city of Albufeira, in the Algarve region of Portugal. It is a popular area with tourists due to its stunning sea views, proximity to São Rafael, Castelo or Galé beaches and Albufeira Marina. Marina de Albufeira, located on the south coast of Portugal, is a modern and well-protected marina offering a variety of activities and nautical experiences for visitors and locals alike. It is located in a protected bay, which means it is a safe place for any type of vessel. In addition to offering services for boats and yachts, Albufeira Marina has a wide range of recreational spaces, such as shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, providing a pleasant experience for those who visit. There are also many options for nautical activities available, such as boat trips, fishing, diving, windsurfing, jet skiing, among others.
Plot of land for construction of apartments, located in the central area of the tourist/real estate development of Marina de Albufeira. The privileged position of this plot of land is intended for the construction of a building with a maximum construction area of 4220sqm, distributed between 3090sqm of housing and 1130sqm for commerce and services, located on 3 floors above the threshold level and a basement for parking. The solar layout of this plot of land facing south and west allows the apartments and common areas to benefit from excellent light throughout the day. The architectural lines studied for the construction of the building on this plot of land were designed to provide quality of life, namely comfort, safety and ease of use of all equipment. In the development of the study, the entire equipment structure was designed to be aimed at families who want to have a second home or permanent home in one of the best resorts in the Algarve. The entire area is served by a set of support equipment, such as restaurants, proximity to the city center, public transport, diversified commerce, easy access to the best beaches in the Algarve, proximity to all public utility equipment as they are all the major food distribution brands, public and private reference health units, security of the enterprise, ease of travel.
Plot of townhouses, Pine Village Resort, Vale Navio in Albufeira, Algarve, near Vilamoura golf course and Sheraton Pine Cliffs Açoteias Magnificent land for construction of 20 townhouses, with sea view, south facing urbanization, type T3 villas, near the city of Albufeira. Construction areas 4200 sqm. above ground level and 1800 sqm. of basement. The projected architecture of contemporary lines for this private condominium, where the location of this plot of land peprmite take advantage of all the surroundings with nature.
Portugal, Algarve, Faro, Albufeira, plot of land for construction, in the centre of the development of the Marina de Albufeira, near the beaches of Galé, S. Rafael and Castelo. Plot of land for the construction of apartments located in the centre of the Marina de Albufeira development, construction 4000sqm of residential area, building 4 floors (3 above ground and 1 basement). Excellent location for tourism purposes.
Portugal, Algarve, Faro, Albufeira, plot of land for construction of tourist apartments, Albufeira marina. Plot of land for construction of tourist apartments of different types, located in the central area of the Marina de Albufeira development, with direct views of the marina and the sea, is the exclusive investment for the most demanding developer The architectural study was developed in such a way that all apartments benefit from an unparalleled solar layout, characterized by extremely high levels of sophistication and exclusivity. The leisure and entertainment of the surroundings is inserted in the Marina de Albufeira environment, which offers a fantastic range of commercial and service options, making the area unique, being one of the most advanced in the Algarve Public utility facilities such as the romantic garden, square, waterfall and games park, are the differentiating factors of the quality of this entire area. The magnificent beaches, luminosity, low levels of land occupation, existing infrastructures are still other distinguishing assets that increase the quality of life of all users in this area. Investing in the marina in Albufeira is also to capitalize on that investment in the future. Albufeira, a unique city where over time it has accompanied the evolution and adapted to new markets, its central location in the Algarve, its proximity to Faro airport, excellent road, rail, communication and data infrastructure, several health facilities, are predicated to take into account when investing in real estate.
Plot of land for the construction of a commercial building, located on the main avenue of Marina de Albufeira, with 4 fronts and the possibility of several accesses for loading and unloading. The building to be built on this plot of land will have a maximum construction area of 3569sqm solely intended for commerce and services, being spread over two floors, where the maximum implantation area is 2 252sqm. This building may have a direct connection to the Albufeira Marina car park, through the lower floors. The architectural study for this plot of land was requested by the commercial department of Marina de Albufeira to Arq. Emanuel Saraiva from ARQELITE, in Albufeira, aimed to install a large distribution store (such as Pingo Doce, Continente, Intermarche, Lidl, Mercado, among other possibilities) on the lower floor and an entertainment space on the upper floor that in this study is a BOWLING. The study of contemporary architectural lines, with the main entrance facing south, provides for an entry of light from all elevations to the interior of the building but at the same time without causing large thermal amplitudes either in summer or in winter. Being located in the central point of the Marina de Albufeira, namely next to the main entrance, once built it will effectively be an iconic building of the development. The ease of access, parking, with public transport, proximity to other economic activities, movement of people throughout the year, proximity to the city center, resident and floating population in the surrounding area will be other added value than the acquisition. of this plot of land and the construction of the building provide
Plot of land for construction of condominium, Albufeira, Algarve, green area close to the sea and the city center Plot of land for construction of a condominium of 20 townhouses, type T3, with swimming pool and collective parking, inserted in an urbanization with low density of land occupation, quiet area and located about 2 km from the entrance of the city of Albufeira, architectural design with contemporary lines, houses facing south, excellent possibility of investment for real estate promotion. The location of this urbanization close to the city and about 2 km from the various beaches located to the east of the city, as well as all the surrounding infrastructures such as the road network, are unique characteristics of this area. These houses are designed for different needs and are excellent to live or for investment. The entire surrounding area benefits from consolidated green areas with large trees. Real estate investment in the municipality of Albufeira continues to be guaranteed by the dynamics that the city continues to maintain. With low levels of land occupation and inhabitants per hectare Albufeira continues to be one of the best municipalities in the Algarve for implementing real estate investment projects. Depending on several international markets such as the British, French, Dutch and Scandinavian, the municipality of Albufeira remains the one that offers the most guarantees of return on investment.
Algarve, Albufeira Marina, Plot of land for construction of a hotel with a sports training center or sports park, real estate investment. Plot of land for building a hotel or tourist apartments with a sports training center or a games park. Located on the west side of the Albufeira Marina development in a quiet area, ideal for high performance training. The proximity to the green area called the Romantic Garden, as well as close to the central square with the water and light games, water cascade, proximity to the various beaches, allows professional or leisure athletes to enjoy unique conditions to evolve sportingly. This future internship center will also be excellent for teams of the most varied sports and top competition here to be able to carry out their internships for sport preparation. Located next to the marina of Albufeira and 10 minutes from the center of Albufeira, as well as large and varied commercial units, it is also excellent for decompression rides for these athletes. Other aspects of relevant importance for high-performance sports teams to be able to intern here are the average distance of 3 hours by plane from European capitals, 30 m from Faro international airport, good roads and communication, ease of travel for football matches. training with other teams, ease and availability of preparation of all sports menus requested, different reference health units for assistance in case of need 24 hours, temperate climate, light, among many other aspects. The architectural study prepared by Arch. Emanuel Saraiva was designed to be used in a generalized way for different sports, from: Football; Padel, Tennis, Futsal, and races along the sea coast and/or magnificent walks can also be carried out in the area. This unit to be built will also be excellent for teams of road cycling and or Mountain bike (MTB) here to be able to intern where they have all the conditions for their preparation. Unique and opportunity investment
Algarve, Silves, agricultural homestead located next to Barragem do Arade, Messines, rural hotel construction, natural area Agricultural estate, bordering the Arade dam, Messines, Silves, with a land area of 174.06 Ha (1 740 760sqm), inserted in a protected area, near the breeding center of the Iberian Lynx, with fantastic views of the dam and from nature, the location of the property is in the transition from Barrocal to Serra do Caldeirão. In this estate, agricultural projects can be developed, as well as the construction of a rural hotel with an area of 2000sqm, having already been approved the feasibility of building it. These features will make it possible to contribute economically to the development of the area. The architectural development of the Hotel in rural areas from an existing old building will be carried out by modules taking into account the morphology of the land, with the concern of giving all rooms the best view of the mountains, creating all the security and facilitating the accesses for the greatest comfort of the guests. The entire area is classified as a non-priority agricultural area and a natural forest area for maintenance and protection due to the ecological reserve of the municipality of Silves The existing construction will be maintained in its main elements where the new construction will integrate urban and landscape where wooden walkways will allow pedestrian circulation next to the house and following the terraces and retaining walls in stone, to preserve showing how the agricultural activity in the recent past was practiced. The promotion of this hotel is based on its landscapes, tranquility and fresh air, in addition to the knowledge of the still living cultural traditions of the neighboring rural populations through the creation of social relationships, in a convivial style, with regard to knowledge, interaction and familiarization with their activities, namely the production of cork, arbutus, citrus, beekeeping, gastronomy and other cultural traits of that region, in addition to agricultural production, with the support of its own facilities, which are expected to be implemented on the property, in particular a winery and the respective cultivation of vines, in various areas of the property, based on the experimentation of planting various varieties, for wine production in order to obtain products that are markedly their own, are undoubtedly strong points of tourist attraction and therefore guarantees for the sustainability of the enterprise activity. Agricultural farm with unique characteristics in the European space, with enormous potential for tourism / agricultural investment
Detached villa with private pool and excellent panoramic views, inserted in a plot of land with 5268sqm, in a privileged location, surrounded by nature and with a quiet atmosphere, just 6 minutes from the center of Albufeira and all services. The property is all fenced and has two entrance gates with pavement of Portuguese sidewalk, wine cellar, storage, covered parking for several vehicles and garden with vegetable garden. The villa has an immense charm and is distributed on the ground floor with atrium, entrance hall with fireplace, pantry, 2 bathrooms, 2 bathrooms being a private, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room with fireplace and dining room with access to the large terrace with dining area, wood oven, barbecue and pool with beautiful sea view, the city and to the Marina of Albufeira. On the first floor of the villa is 3 bathrooms, two private and 3 bedrooms, one with terrace with panoramic views. Cerro d'Águia is an area of the city of Albufeira known for its scenic beauty and situated on a hill with unobstructed views of the sea and stunning natural landscapes. It offers a quiet and serene atmosphere, away from the crowds of the centre of Albufeira. It is an ideal place for nature lovers looking for a relaxing getaway. It is close to some lovely beaches such as Praia dos Pescadores and Praia de São Rafael and is within walking distance of Albufeira Marina and the city centre where you can find a variety of services, restaurants, bars, shops and lively nightlife. Don't miss your dream home!
Algarve, Faro, Olhão, Pechão, Tropical fruit farm in full production, with an area of approximately 4.5 ha, with 2.5 ha of greenhouses of various fruits and 1.5 ha of avocado trees in the open field. Approximately 0.5 ha available to increase the planting area. The farm is equipped with a drip irrigation system, has 2 warehouses, 1 with 2 refrigerating chambers and the other with a fertilization system. There are also 2 houses for housing, office, carport and kennel. It has mains water and a borehole and also a power generation system for the electric grid through photovoltaic panels. Located about 5 km from Faro. It has good access to the A22. Located in the parish of Pechão which has a privileged location in front of the famous Cape of Santa Maria and between the cities of Faro and Olhão. In the north of the parish there is the barrocal where the Alfarrobeira, Amendoeira, Figueira prevails and in the south there is the Ria Formosa with calm waters and marshes, with their tide mill caps. Pechão stands out for Agriculture, Fruit, Floriculture, with a predominance in shelters (greenhouses). Livestock, saltpans, aquaculture (production of micro-algae), trade, services and other small industries are also registered. In Pechão you can visit the Parish Church in honor of S. Bartolomeu (18th century) and its surroundings, including the Chapel of Bones. The Church stands out for being at the highest point of the town, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Ria and the Sea. You can also visit the Fonte Velha (1754), the Casa Museu, the Chalé de Beautiful Mandil and some buildings of regional architecture.
Algarve, Faro, Albufeira, Cerro do Ouro, villa with 5 bedrooms, countryside and sea, swimming pool and garage Excellent Farm with high quality villa located in Cerro Do Ouro with countryside and sea views, 10 minutes from Albufeira. The villa comprises 5 bedrooms (4 en suite) the master suite has a fireplace and dressing room. It has 2 fully equipped kitchens, living and dining room facing the pool, office, gym room and other rooms. The villa has 2 floors and is surrounded by terraces and gardens. Outside there is a heated swimming pool with a bar and a barbecue, which are still being finished, stables, several fruit trees, and a borehole. This property with 23480sqm, is completely fenced with a wall and has two entrances, each with a large automatic gate, thus being able to enjoy total privacy inside, the house was built in the middle of the land, which is excellent, because it is surrounded by garden and trees, it has everything you could want to enjoy a wonderful and unique tranquility. The property has excellent access as well as access to the A22 motorway and is between 20 to 25 minutes from Faro airport. Algarve has charms from windward to leeward, from its beautiful beaches to the interior of the Algarve with its mountains and mountains, gastronomy is also one of its attractions, whether fish, seafood or meat, a mandatory tasting in the Algarve... Whether for holidays or for residency, it is a destination to always consider, come and discover and marvel at the Algarve...
4 Bedroom villa, pool, beachfront, Galé, Vila Joya Albufeira, Portugal Villa on the first line of the sea, with 4 bedrooms and swimming pool, comprising on the ground floor a hall, lounge, dining room, living room, kitchen with drying area, bedroom, bathroom and terrace, on the 1st floor is Comprising 3 en-suite bedrooms and 2 balconies with sea views, in the basement there is a large garage. In the 1000sqm plot there is also a large swimming pool, covered BBQ area with support. The house has undergone recent renovations, in the kitchen and bathrooms, it is a house with traditional architectural lines and with all the comfort and functionality of a contemporary house. Located in Praia da Galé, awarded the blue flag since 1987, it is known for its extensive sand, landscapes and unique beauty spots, access and parking to Praia da Galé is easy and for people with reduced mobility. The Galé area is endowed with several supermarkets, quality restaurants and cafeterias, which allows you to enjoy this house with quality of life, the center of Albufeira or the center of Guia are only about 10 minutes away by car. 5 minutes away is the Albufeira Marina where you can enjoy a unique landscape given its location of this marina classified as the safest and most sheltered in the country, served by several quality restaurants, as well as boat trip services, being able to enjoy the beauty of our coast or marine species. Make sure you book a visit to this villa, which could be your next investment in the Algarve.
Land for construction of apartments, next to the city of Albufeira, Algarve, Sea view, green area, real estate investment Excellent land for the construction of 27 apartments type T2, or other types, with sea view, facing south, good sunshine, urbanization with low density of land occupation. Urbanization already wooded with consolidated trees, namely Cork Oak and other large trees, with low construction density make this urbanization a reference Construction area above 3117sqm threshold level and 1450sqm basements, spread over 5 floors (3 above threshold and 2 below quota), excellent possibility of investment for real estate promotion. The unique location of this development on the doorstep of the city about 10 minutes from Vilamoura with its golf courses, close to the beaches of Belharucas, Falésia, Balaia, inserted in a protected area, are excellent major factors of this urbanization. Investing in promoting construction in this enterprise with all its quality, will be a safe investment. The urban development for this project had as objectives Nature, comfort and peace of mind, driven by sustainability and protection of nature. Another objective was to create a resort for people looking to relax in a natural and family environment. The surrounding nature will certainly contribute to the rejuvenation of the body and soul. This plot of land has all the benefits to provide the end customer with an excellent investment with a view to a residential occupation, vacation or even for income.
Algarve, Albufeira Marina, Edificio Commerce and services, commercial area Building spread over 2 floors above a leash and another basement, with good private parking located at the entrance of the Marina de Albufeira development. Building for services with parking, potential for various activities such as medical clinic, lime center, office for lawyers, architecture studio, business center, professional training center, graphic arts company, veterinary clinic, among many others. In addition to private outdoor parking, the building can also benefit from public parking on the main Avenida da Marina. The privileged location of this building, both in the Marina of Albufeira and in the city, allows extremely easy and fast accessibility, criteria today very important for the development of any economic activity. Still because of being in the center of the Algarve. The interior layout of the building was designed to allow circulation between rooms, as well as promoting a distribution of sectors across rooms on different floors and areas. The luminosity was another aspect taken into account, for this reason the luminosity that all rooms receive, provide comfort and well-being to all who will come to perform their functions. This building has the following distribution: Cave - Huge salt, with two storage rooms Floor 0 - Reception, 2 toilets, 4 offices, 2 Rooms Floor 1 - Meeting room, 7 offices, pantry, 2 toilets, terrace for team relaxation and or meetings.
Algarve, Albufeira, Villa 'Guest House' with 10 en-suite bedrooms, sea view, close to Albufeira town centre, Vilamoura golf courses, Falesia beach 'Guest House' boutique house with 10 en-suite bedrooms, located in Branqueira, Albufeira, built specifically for quality tourist exploration. Excellent build quality, using state-of-the-art materials and a very good level of home automation support equipment. Well furnished and equipped where the decoration was essentially to provide the well-being and comfort of all guests. Essential factor for the excellent occupancy rate throughout the year of the rooms of this 'Guest House'. Countryside located at the gates of the city, extremely quiet, it also benefits from the country and maritime scents brought by the southerly winds from the sea. Faro International Airport is about 30 minutes away, through good and safe roads. Located about 10 minutes from Vilamoura golf courses and Sheraton Pine Cliffs, overlooking the sea, this unit is in a privileged position for all those who like to enjoy everything the region offers to its tourists, such as: The magnificent beaches, excellent golf courses and tennis centre, hiking, cycling or training for competition, shopping areas, restaurants and nightlife, safaris to the interior of the Algarve, discovering all the rich gastronomy of the region and visiting the entire Serra do Algarve. The origins of Albufeira are unknown, but everything suggests that the region was already populated in prehistoric times and that the place where the city stands today would have been, some centuries before our era, an important settlement with its seaport. The primitive settlement was occupied by the Romans who named it Baltum. They introduced a centralized administrative organization and developed an intense agricultural and commercial activity. They built aqueducts, roads and bridges of which vestiges still exist today. The place-name Albufeira comes from the Arabic name 'Al-buhera' which means 'castle of the sea', a reason that may be linked to the proximity of the ocean and/or the lagoon that formed in the lower part of the town. The Arabs built solid defensive fortifications, making it almost impregnable, which to some extent was not unfounded, because Albufeira was one of the squares that the Arabs kept in their power for the longest time. The development of agriculture was remarkable and there was the introduction of new techniques and new cultures. The Arabs already used plows and fertilizers, as well as water-wheels for raising water in wells. They introduced new irrigation systems in the fields, highlighting the dams and levadas, thus transforming uncultivated areas into vegetable gardens and orchards. When D. Afonso III occupied the throne, part of the Algarve had already fallen to the Christians. Templars and Hospitallers, military orders that helped in the Reconquest, frequently raided the lands that were still under Arab rule, but always stopped in front of the strong walls of Albufeira. Only after Faro was taken did the situation in Albufeira become unsustainable. Surrounded by enemies on all sides, the square fell to D. Afonso III, who immediately donated it to the Order of Aviz. The Moors were so persecuted that only those who fled and took refuge in a cave, called Cova do Xorino, located under the rocks delimiting the city on the south side, escaped the fury of the victors. In the reign of King Manuel I, the town had already regained its former importance, as this monarch granted it a charter on August 20,1504. Albufeira was among the Algarve cities the most punished by natural cataclysms. But it was the earthquake that caused the most damage. The sea invaded the village with waves that reached 10m in height, destroying almost all the buildings, with only 27 houses left standing and these very ruined. The Igreja Matriz, a former Arab mosque adapted to Christian worship, where the population had taken refuge, asking for mercy, collapsed, causing 227 victims. After this earthquake, the entire Algarve continued to suffer violent shocks until August 20 of the following year, which did not prevent the immediate start of reconstruction work by order of Bishop D. Francisco Gomes de Avelar. In 1833, during the civil war between absolutists and liberals, Albufeira was surrounded and attacked by soldiers from Remexido: an absolutist popular leader who deeply damaged the town and executed a large number of its inhabitants. In the first decades of the 20th century there was a sharp increase in the export of fish and nuts. The village then had five factories employing 700 to 800 people, mainly fishermen's wives. From 1930 to 1960 there were times of decay, fishing frames were ruined, factories closed, boats disappeared and many